About

You really can improve your relationship with your daughter and enjoy your life.

Colleen O’Grady, a licensed marriage and family therapist, life coach, popular speaker, and workshop leader is changing what’s possible for moms and teenage daughters. Known as a thought leader in her field, she offers hope, encouragement, and practical advice to moms from all over the world: “You don’t have to survive the teenage years; you actually can enjoy them. First you need to dial down the drama before you can dial up what’s positive about the teenage years.”

Colleen provides a comprehensive road map in her groundbreaking book Dial Down the Drama: Reducing Conflict and Reconnecting with Your Teenage Daughter, A Guide for Mothers Everywhere. Colleen O’Grady has not only been a successful psychotherapist and life coach for twenty-five years; she has also a mom in the trenches with her own teenage daughter. Colleen started writing Dial Down the Drama when her daughter was fifteen and completed the manuscript when she was nineteen. Though at times she felt a little crazy for writing this book while she was living the book, she found that these principles really work. Colleen has been able to enjoy a vibrant, authentic, close connection with her daughter through the teenage years. Colleen states, “My daughter has been my greatest teacher.”

But it wasn’t always like this.

Despite being the “expert” and well versed in parenting theories she was shocked at how easily she got hooked in her daughter’s drama. After much soul-searching Colleen discovered the missing pieces to having a healthy connection with her teenage daughter—and these same principles apply to your relationship with yours. These “missing pieces” became the framework for her Power Your Parenting programs, blog, podcast, and weekly e-zine, which has changed the lives of thousands of mom’s from all over the world. And now it’s all pulled together in her bestselling book Dial Down the Drama.

Colleen’s desire to help teens started early. In 1981 she became a youth minister and was immersed in the teenage culture for the next ten years. She observed them in numerous settings struggling to discover who they are, where they belong, and what they’re supposed to do with their life. Witnessing one miracle after another, Colleen also saw what these amazing teenagers were capable of, and decided to act on her passion to help parents truly see these astonishing attributes in their teens.

Besides her private practice in Houston, Texas, she has been an approved supervisor with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists on a state and national level for nineteen years. She has consulted in inpatient psychiatric hospitals and women’s shelters; supervised family therapy teams at both University of Texas Mental Science Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Learning Support Center; and received multiple awards for her invaluable contributions, support, and teaching.

Colleen’s message to national and state associations, local schools, organizations, churches, and synagogues is consistent: “Dial down the drama and dial up an amazing connection with your teenage daughter. Don’t miss these precious years. They really go by fast.”

Colleen and her daughter reside in Houston with their beloved dogs, Katie, Pumpkin, and Timmy.

Contact Colleen info@poweryourparenting.com.

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